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Status of Listed Species and Recovery Plan Development

Status of Listed Species and Recovery Plan Development

Introduction and Legend


This section addresses the status of each listed species. Each species' status is identified as Improving, Stable, Declining, Unknown, or Extinct.

Species status is reported with a single letter.

I=Improving (Increasing)-- is for those species known to be increasing in numbers and/or whose threats to their continued existence are lessening.
S=Stable--is for those species known to have stable numbers over the recent past and whose threats have remained relatively constant or diminished in the wild.
D=Declining--is for those species known to be decreasing in numbers and or whose threats to their continued existence are increasing in the wild.
U=Unknown--is for those species where additional survey work is required to determine their current status
E=Extinct--is for those species that are believed to be extinct in the wild.

This section also outlines the status of development and implementation of recovery plans for all species occurring in the United States and Trust Territories. Data for each listed species includes: (1 ) whether or not the species has an approved recovery plan and, if not, whether one will be prepared; (2) the stage of the recovery plan, and (3) the percentage of the species' recovery objective(s) that have been met.

The status of recovery plan development is reported as indicated below.

F=Final-Approved
Rev=Revision--Approved
A=Agency Draft
RA=Revision--Agency Draft
T=Technical Draft
RT=Revision--Technical Draft
T/A=Technical/Agency Draft
RT/A=Revision--Technical/Agency Draft
U=Under Development or Planned for Development
RU=Revision--Under Development
NA=Not Applicable

A Technical Draft is one undergoing peer review by other Service biologists and outside experts prior to development of an Agency Draft. An Agency Draft is one made available for review by all interested agencies and parties, including the general public. In some cases, a Technical/Agency Draft is developed to be reviewed simultaneously by all interested parties.

The percentage of species recovery objective(s) achieved is indicated with a value of 1 to 4 as defined below.

1 = 0-25 percent achieved   
2 = 26-50 percent achieved 
3 = 51-75 percent achieved 
4 = 76-100 percent achieved

GIF-Regional Boundaries

The Fish and Wildllife Service is comprised of a headquarters operation in Washington, D.C., seven operational Regional Offices that provide geographic coverage of the United States and Trust Territories, and an eighth Regional Office (Research and Development) that deals with foreign species. In this section of the report entitled Status of Listed Species and Recovery Plan Development, the lead Region is listed for each species. Coordination among Regions regarding species status occurs when known ranges overlap Regional boundaries.


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